Key Comics From 1972

January 13, 2017

1972

Key comics from 1972

There are two main ways I’ve seen online lists of key comics presented by year: (1) personalized lists based upon judgment calls of what is “key” (thereby omitting any comics the particular writer doesn’t happen to consider key — or doesn’t know about), and (2) lists based upon high sales price data (also a flawed method because high prices can just as easily be caused by a non-key book happening to grade a 10 at CGC).

The top 50 list you’re about to see is neither of those other types.

Instead, to briefly repeat the introduction I gave on the main 1970’s page, the list I’m about to present is essentially “crowd-sourced”… by the crowd of collectors sending comics to CGC. All I’ve done here is to rank the universe of comic books published in 1972, according to how many copies of each issue have passed through CGC’s doors to date to reveal the comics with the highest census counts — that’s it!

This exercise should “tease out” a very interesting list of important and/or key comics from 1972, but this will not necessarily be an all-encompassing list (if very few copies were created for a given key, for example, that restricted supply could keep the count of CGC submissions low even though the comic is very important — this exercise will unfortunately see such comics sort themselves off of the bottom through no fault of their own). So essentially, you should think of this list as just one more tool in your tool-belt of researching key comics from 1972. You can also drill down and see the top 50 Marvel comics of 1972, top 50 D.C. comics of 1972, and more key comic books of 1972 from other publishers.

Key Comics From 1972:

(Census data as of year-end 2016)

Rank CGC Count Issue Date Publisher
1. 1,856 Marvel Spotlight #5 8/72 Marvel Comics
2. 1,500 Hero For Hire #1 6/72 Marvel Comics
3. 1,282 Swamp Thing #1 10-11/72 D.C. Comics
4. 1,258 Tomb of Dracula #1 4/72 Marvel Comics
5. 1,024 Defenders #1 8/72 Marvel Comics
6. 761 Marvel Premiere #1 4/72 Marvel Comics
7. 738 Marvel Team-Up #1 3/72 Marvel Comics
8. 729 Avengers #100 6/72 Marvel Comics
9. 674 Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth #1 10-11/72 D.C. Comics
10. 620 Green Lantern #87 12/71-1/72 D.C. Comics
11. 603 Werewolf By Night #1 9/72 Marvel Comics
12. 589 Amazing Adventures #11 3/72 Marvel Comics
13. 578 Marvel Spotlight #2 2/72 Marvel Comics
14. 549 Amazing Spider-Man #105 2/72 Marvel Comics
15. 528 Batman #244 9/72 D.C. Comics
16. 523 Amazing Spider-Man #107 4/72 Marvel Comics
17. 498 Amazing Spider-Man #113 10/72 Marvel Comics
18. 462 Amazing Spider-Man #112 9/72 Marvel Comics
19. 447 Avengers #96 2/72 Marvel Comics
20. 411 Amazing Spider-Man #109 6/72 Marvel Comics
21. 405 Amazing Spider-Man #110 7/72 Marvel Comics
22. 403 Green Lantern #89 4-5/72 D.C. Comics
23. 385 Demon #1 8-9/72 D.C. Comics
24. 361 All Star Western #10 2-3/72 D.C. Comics
25. 361 Amazing Spider-Man #115 12/72 Marvel Comics
26. 350 Avengers #98 4/72 Marvel Comics
27. 349 Amazing Spider-Man #108 5/72 Marvel Comics
28. 344 Amazing Spider-Man #111 8/72 Marvel Comics
29. 333 Warlock #1 8/72 Marvel Comics
30. 291 Marvel Team-Up #3 7/72 Marvel Comics
31. 290 Conan the Barbarian #15 5/72 Marvel Comics
32. 289 Supergirl #1 11/72 D.C. Comics
33. 285 Amazing Spider-Man #106 3/72 Marvel Comics
34. 265 Marvel Spotlight #6 10/72 Marvel Comics
35. 263 Fantastic Four #121 4/72 Marvel Comics
36. 261 Amazing Spider-Man #114 11/72 Marvel Comics
37. 257 Cat #1 11/72 Marvel Comics
38. 252 Amazing Spider-Man #104 1/72 Marvel Comics
39. 236 Marvel Team-Up #2 5/72 Marvel Comics
40. 233 Wonder Woman #199 3-4/72 D.C. Comics
41. 227 Avengers #95 1/72 Marvel Comics
42. 224 Tarzan #207 4/72 D.C. Comics
43. 224 Marvel Premiere #3 7/72 Marvel Comics
44. 221 Conan the Barbarian #13 1/72 Marvel Comics
45. 221 Hero For Hire #2 8/72 Marvel Comics
46. 216 Marvel Premiere #2 5/72 Marvel Comics
47. 209 Fear #10 10/72 Marvel Comics
48. 207 Conan the Barbarian #16 7/72 Marvel Comics
49. 205 Marvel Team-Up #4 9/72 Marvel Comics
50. 198 Shanna the She-Devil #1 12/72 Marvel Comics
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More Key Comics From 1972

Also see: top 50 Marvel comics of 1972, top 50 D.C. comics of 1972, more key comic books of 1972 outside of Marvel and DC, all key comics from 1972, or jump to this list of important comics from the 1970s. Or explore Lists of Key Comic Books by Year. Or jump to my blog’s home page.

Happy Collecting! 🙂

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